Does it ever feel like you get sick every time winter rolls around? Contrary to popular belief, the cold weather isn’t fully to blame. The real reason people tend to get sick around December is because they spend more time with big groups of people inside closed up areas — particularly travel stops, like bus stations, rest stops, and airports.

Whether you’ll be heading to the state next to you or one on the opposite side of the country, keep your health a priority as you travel by:

  • Getting the flu shot. The flu shot reduces your risk of contracting the flu by roughly 60%.
  • Packing a first aid kit. Take care of minor scrapes and bruises by carrying a first aid kit with you. It should include antiseptic cream, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, and bandages.
  • Getting plenty of sleep. When you have to catch a 5 a.m. plane, sleep is one of the first things to go. While you may not be able to control every aspect of your sleep schedule, try to rest when you can and to not stay up late while on vacation.
  • Drinking plenty of fluids. Water should be your best friend 365 days a year, but it’s especially important when you travel. Not only does water boost your immune system, but it can help prevent you from overeating — something that can also cause you to get sick.
  • Carrying prescription medication with you. If your bags accidentally get lost or ruined, you won’t have to worry about getting important and potentially life-saving medications while away.
  • Exercising. While it may be tempting to lounge all day, exercise should still be a part of your daily routine. A good way to do this is by walking as much as you can.
  • Pacing yourself. If you’re visiting a new city, don’t try to cram every event into just one day.
  • Eating at home often. Though it’s tempting to eat out every night while on vacation, this can lead to overeating and eating less-than-healthy foods. When you stay in for dinner, you not only save money, but you make healthier choices.

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